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72 hours in Melbourne

Meet Melbourne's sensitive side on your three-day tour of Australia's creative capital.

Day one

Start with the art. Australian art takes centre stage at NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square. Less conventional art is found down city laneways and along the Yarra River. The Hidden Secrets Art & Design Walk guides show off our most concealed installations.

If you prefer the feeling of the wind in your hair to the rarefied air of city galleries, jump on the back of a Harley Davidson for a hair-raising tour of the inner-city. The Grand Prix circuit is a definite highlight.

Laze around and watch life go by along the Yarra River over a drink and a snack at riverside bars like Riverland or Ponyfish Island.

For dinner, combine the Spanish love of life with Melbourne gastronomy at Movida, then wander the laneways to admire street art like the City Lights. You're sure to find a bar for an introduction to local nightlife.

Day two

Coffee and breakfast are worth queuing for in Melbourne, so join a line. Flit between cafes to compare the city's best, or get the lowdown on the long-term love affair with coffee from Evolving Success.

Head north to Fitzroy, Melbourne's hippest inner suburb, stopping at the colourful Melbourne Museum for an overview of local history. Proceed to bohemian Brunswick Street to browse boutiques, and pop into Rose Street Artists Market for locally crafted souvenirs.

Lose track of time in Gertrude Street with its above-average quota of culture. Encounter the characters and the combination of outlets and specialty stores on Smith Street. End the afternoon with rooftop drinks at Naked for Satan and linger in Fitzroy to indulge in whatever dinner, drinks and live music take your fancy.

Day three

It's time to venture beyond Melbourne to regional Victoria, where green is the colour of choice and life is more laidback. The Yarra Valley, an easy drive less than an hour east of the city, is Victoria's hub for food, wine and wildlife.

Wind through rolling hills laced with grape vines to Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see eye-to-eye with dozy koalas and frolic with bashful platypuses.

The Yarra Valley kick-started Victoria's wine industry and today there are over 70 wineries. For maximum indulgence, let the Australian Wine Tour Company transport you to cellar doors for tastings and chats with winemakers before indulging in a long lunch with a side of art at Tarra Warra Estate, or at celebrated names with vineyard views like De Bortoli, Domaine Chandon and Yering Station.


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72 hours in Melbourne


Get a taste for Melbourne's coffee culture with a perfect brew or beans from the city's best cafes.

Live music

Melbourne features an ever-changing number of clubs, bars and live music venues.

Food and wine

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its microcosmos of restaurants and cafes.

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Eight of the best

Rooftop bars


Brought to you by the popular Añada crew, Bomba is all about Spanish food for the working classes.

Rooftop Bar

A beloved Melbourne institution, Rooftop Bar is set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Wolf's Lair

Cosy up downstairs or soak up a sunny afternoon at one of Melbourne's most well-hidden rooftop bars.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

Gaze out over the twinkling city skyline and Yarra River while sipping on cocktails and fine wines.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.


Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

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Melbourne designers




Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting-edge fashion. In fashion's lottery, Obus is the golden ticket.


Godwin Charli

Get a decidedly up to the minute look from Godwin Charli's men's and women's suiting and accessories handcrafted in Melbourne.


Captains of Industry

Get a haircut and have a coffee all while getting measured for a bespoke suit. This is a one-stop shop for real gentleman. Grandfather would approve.


The Signet Bureau

Admire this striking gallery space with its web of steel trusses and fine hooks from which vibrant clothing and shoe designs hang, bringing it to life.


Scanlan Theodore

Be assured of a classic every time when you choose Scanlan Theodore, a much-revered label that's defined Melbourne style for almost three decades.



Slip into ultra modern, ultra chic clothing and accesories by Melbourne designer duo Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner. Think modern classics.